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How do we examine a dog for food intake, chewing, and swallowing?

Dogs have their own ways of feeding, and owners should observe and familiarize themselves with these physiological conditions. With familiarity, we can better judge what is normal for the dog and what symptoms indicate a problem so that we can react in a timely manner. In general, the dog has trouble eating, indicating that the dog has certain pathological changes.

1. Eating disorders:

As a result of poor feeding habits. Seen in the lips, tongue, teeth, jaw, masticatory muscles of direct damage, such as stomatitis, glossitis, gingivitis, foreign body into the Oral Mucosa, and so on. Eating disorders can be caused by certain neurological disorders in dogs, such as Viki, tetanus, masticatory spasms, and diseases of the brain and meninges.


2. Masticatory disorders:

Performance is chewing slowly, do not dare to force, or in the process of chewing suddenly stopped, spit out food, serious or even completely can not chew. Masticatory disturbances in dogs are often associated with problems with teeth, jaws, oral Mucosa, masticatory muscles, and related innervation, such as Malocclusion, Alveolar periostitis, severe stomatitis, tetanus is the masticatory muscle spasm, hypoglossal nerve paralysis and encephalopathy, and so on.

3. Dysphagia:

Swallowing is a complex physiological reflex in animals. In a pathological state, there are two forms of DYSPHAGIA and Dysphagia.

(1)  The dog shakes of the head and extending the neck when swallowing, repeated attempts to swallow but stopping, resulting in coughing and excessive salivation, often due to mechanical obstruction of the pharynx and Esophagus, a disease related to the swallowing center that causes spasm or paralysis of the Dysphageal muscles.


(2)  It is not difficult for the dog to swallow, but it is difficult for the food to enter the stomach. Shortly after swallowing, the dog appears to be stretching its neck, shaking its head, and the food mixed with saliva flows from the Nostril or Oozes egg-white-like Saliva. Dysphagia may be due to esophageal obstruction, Esophagitis, esophageal spasm, esophageal stenosis, and so on.

When the dog appears some of the above symptoms are likely to indicate that the dog’s feeding system has a certain problem, the owner needs to take the dog to check as soon as possible, so as not to delay the dog’s condition.